Monday, February 22, 2010

Sales Awards For The Decade

Recently the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released their tally of the decade's highest Gold and Platinum award achievements. About the most interesting thing about these totals is that most of the sales came in the beginning of the decade when CD's were still selling. Still, there are some impressive numbers on the list. I wonder what these totals will look like in 10 years?

The following comes via the always entertaining Hypebot blog.
Each level of multi-Platinum counts as its own unit and contributes to the tally. Only music released, as well as certifications granted, during 2000 - 2009 are included. Most total certifications (includes cumulative album, digital song, master ringtone, and music video certifications):
  • Group: The Eagles – 48 (Warner)
  • Male solo artist: Michael Jackson – 44 (Sony/Epic)
  • Female solo artist: Beyonce – 64 (Sony/Columbia)
Most album certifications:
  • Group: Nickelback – 25 (Roadrunner)
  • Male solo artist: George Strait – 29 (UMG/MCA Nashville)
  • Female solo artist: Britney Spears – 23 (Sony/Jive)
Most digital song certifications:
  • Group: Linkin Park – 13 (Warner)
  • Male solo artist: Kanye West – 19 (UMG/Def Jam)
  • Female solo artist: Taylor Swift – 25 (Big Machine)
Most master ringtone certifications:
  • Male solo artist: T.I. – 15 (WMG/Atlantic/Grand Hustle)
  • Female solo artist: Beyonce – 19 (Sony/Columbia)

*Format is: (record label/year released)
Highest certified album:
  • Group:  *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached (Sony/Jive, 2000), – 11x Platinum & OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below – 11x Platinum (LaFace/Jive, 2003)
  • Male solo artist: Usher’s Confessions – 10x Platinum (LaFace/Jive, 2004)
  • Female solo artist: Shania Twain’s Up! – 11x Platinum (UMG/Mercury Nashville, 2002) 
Highest certified digital song:
  • Group: Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” – 3x multi-Platinum (EMI/Capitol, 2008) and The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” – 3x multi-Platinum (Sony/Epic, 2006)
  • Male solo artist: Flo Rida’s “Low” – 5x multi-Platinum (Warner/Atlantic, 2008)
  • Female solo artist: Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” – 4x multi-Platinum (UMG/Interscope, 2008) and Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” – 4x multi-Platinum (Big Machine, 2008)
Highest certified master ringtone: 
  • Group:  D4L’s “Laffy Taffy” – 3x multi-Platinum (Atlantic, 2006), Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel” – 3x multi-Platinum (Universal Records, 2006), and Shop Boyz’ “Party Like a Rockstar” –3x multi-Platinum (Universal, 2007)
  • Male solo artist: Lil Wayne’s “Lollipop” – 5x multi-Platinum (Universal/Cash Money, 2008)
  • Female solo artist: Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” – 3x multi-Platinum (Sony/Columbia, 2006)

September 23, 2004 - The decade’s highest certified album by a female solo artist – Shania Twain’s Up! –  reaches 11x multi-Platinum

October 22, 2004 - Digital Single award introduced. 45 titles were included in the initial group of certifications, encompassing tracks from each major recording company and representing nearly every genre in music

October 7, 2005 - Interscope artist Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” becomes first digital single to sell one million units

November 1, 2006 - Capitol Nashville country artist Garth Brooks takes Double Live (2008) 21x multi-Platinum. Garth Brooks is currently the best-selling solo artist in history having certified more than 128 million units to date

June 2006 - Master Ringtone award introduced. The Black Eyed Peas, Chamillionaire, D4L, T-Pain earn the RIAA’s first multi-Platinum ringtone certifications

January 10, 2007 = Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” goes double-Platinum to become the RIAA’s first multi-Platinum digital download

July 27, 2007 - The best selling ringtone by a female solo artist, Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” certifies 3x multi-Platinum

2008 - The RIAA celebrates 50th Anniversary of Gold Record

November 7, 2008 - The decade’s highest certified album by a male solo artist – Usher’s Confessions – reaches 10x multi-Platinum

May 8, 2009 - Flo Rida’s “Low” goes 5x multi-Platinum; is the highest certified digital download in history

August 21, 2009 - Michael Jackson’s legendary album Thriller climbs to 29x multi-Platinum to tie the Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) as the highest certified album in RIAA Gold and Platinum history

October 12, 2009 - The decade’s top recipient of digital download certifications – Taylor Swift – takes her best selling song “Love Story” 4x multi-Platinum

December 15, 2009 - Lil Wayne’s ringtone “Lollipop” becomes the highest certified ringtone ever at 5x multi-Platinum

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